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Hoji-ji Temple, Nagoya

A restful temple near Atsuta-jingu

If you're visiting Atsuta-jingu and Shirotori Garden in the southern reaches of central Nagoya, then the walk from one to the other will take you through a quiet residential area, but one with a number of appealing neighbourhood temples and shrines. One of them is Hoji-ji, which has an understated charm and some interesting features: imposing guardians at the gate, a more than usually fierce dragon at the trough for purifying your hands and mouth, and a variety of Buddhist statues, one of whom looks very much like a sumo wrestler ready to rumble.

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